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Welcome to the LACC English and ESL (English as a Second Language) Department

The English and ESL (English as a Second Language) Department offers a variety of courses ranging from basic skills and language acquisition at the college level to transfer level courses in composition, literature, creative writing, and linguistics. Our English as a Second Language program offers six levels of grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing up to the level before freshman composition. In English, our courses range from basic skills through college composition to literatures from different cultures. We currently offer two Associate of Arts degrees, one in English and one for transfer with an emphasis on English. Our creative writing, children’s literature, and linguistics courses fulfill the humanities requirements as well.

The English/ESL program is geared to assist students at all levels to improve their writing in an environment that fosters a rich literary tradition. Our courses are offered in different modules: 16 weeks; 8 weeks that start at the beginning and in the middle of the semester; and 5 weeks during the winter and summer sessions. Students can attend face-to-face, hybrid, or online classes that are scheduled for every day of the week, except Sundays, and from as early as 8am until 10pm to accommodate student schedules.

Recently, the department of English and ESL has started to offer composition classes designed specifically for students majoring in Technology and Engineering (STEM students). We are contemplating designing composition classes for Biological Science majors as well.

Additionally, we are currently allowing students to accelerate the completion of their English requirements by combining basic skills and composition classes, and supporting their choices with tutoring at the writing center. Students can also challenge their placement test scores by requesting to take a reading and writing exam in the department. As of last summer, we have two-week boot camps for students to sharpen their skills, and then attempt a second time to be placed at higher levels. Since then, we have added PAWS (pre-assessment workshops) to prepare incoming students for their placement exams.

The English and ESL Department offers special sections to students in the First Year Experience program, which provide mentors to support students.

While continually seeking to improve our instructional delivery methods, we also supplement our programs with lectures by renowned scholars or book authors through the Book Program which the English and ESL Department strongly supports by adopting the books the program chooses each year. Students have a chance to meet the authors and/or scholars of the works they read in their courses. The department also encourages all students to engage in writing by holding a writing contest every spring semester. It is open campus-wide to students in any major and at different language skills levels.

Students in our department also have the opportunities to win one of the nine scholarships we have set up in the names of our former colleagues. We celebrate the award-winning students with a ceremony in which the winners of the writing contests read select passages of their works to an audience of their peers, faculty, and family members.

Mission Statement

The LACC English and ESL Department is committed to educating our diverse student population and preparing them for the multifaceted challenges of today’s world.

 Contact Us

Dr. Bernadette Tchen
Department Chair
JH 301A
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2727
tchenbw@lacitycollege.edu

 Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 6:30pm

The chair usually attends meetings in the afternoon, so please call before you come.

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Phone: 323.953.4000

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